Sound — 10
So I've heard a lot of hype about this band recently. It got to a point where I decided to just buy the damn CD without even listening to it (twelve dollars after my FYI Membership pass). I wasn't sure what to expect, so I was of course blown away by what I heard. Circa Survive is an amazing, experimental blend of rock with one of the spaciest, most calming sound I've heard in a while. I haven't felt so free and at peace since I first heard Something Corporate's album "North", only the vocals are much better. There are a lot of ambient guitar riffs and effects that softly carry you through the album effortlessly.
Lyrics — 9
In my view, this is the only point at which this album falters, if only just a little. I've had the disc for about a day, I've listened to it about seven times over already, and after a bit, the songs begin to blend together due to the fact that the vocals by Anthony Green don't really differ too much. The man has insane range; at first listen, I was convinced it was a girl. But as far as vocal rhythym goes, it barely changes from track to track. This helps with the calming atmosphere of the album, but it leaves a bit to be desired. I feel as though you could take the vocals from one song and lay them over another song, and no one would notice. I've only been able to pick out a few lyrics, but the ones I have are incredible; my favorite line would definitely by from "In the Morning and Amazing ": "This is wrong/This is wrong/And I cannot sleep without the radio on/And how could anyone."
Overall Impression — 10
You can't go wrong with this album, unless you're someone obsessed with metal, who dresses in those giant, black Hot Topic pants covered in chains just to prove that you have a big penis. Songs that stand out include "In The Morning and Amazing", "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is In The Dose", "On Letting Go", and "Your Friends Are Gone". I would definitely buy this album again if it were lost or stolen. Circa Survive lives up to and even surpasses the hype.